Why BCS: Maureen Yoder

Why BCS: Maureen Yoder
Posted on 05/04/2023
Maureen Yoder

Over the next few months, parents will decide where to enroll their children for the ’23-’24 school year.

Bellefontaine City Schools is asking Why BCS?

Retired Bellefontaine teacher and administrator Maureen Yoder shares her story.

My husband and I raised four highly successful sons, and I credit a great deal of that to Bellefontaine City Schools. Because of all that it had to offer, we moved from a much smaller district to Bellefontaine so our boys could attend BCS. My sons were accepted instantly and built lifelong relationships. At the time, I was a teacher and later became an administrator for BCS. I was impressed by the unobstructed vision of where the district was going and by the tremendous community involvement and support.

At BCS, all levels place an emphasis on positive student outcomes and create the conditions necessary for successful learning. Mutual respect for all is of the upmost importance and diversity is celebrated.

After retiring from Bellefontaine, I worked for the Ohio Department of Education where I visited many other school districts across the state. After each visit, I was always glad to come back to Bellefontaine where students are afforded so many opportunities such as College Credit Plus (CCP) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These courses not only prepare students for the rigor of college, but also give many the chance to start their college careers as sophomores or juniors. This is a huge money-saving advantage!

All the BCS buildings are wonderful. This year, I had the privilege of visiting the intermediate school as part of the Lunch Buddies program which is sponsored by the United Way. Bellefontaine is the first area district to offer this program. I was so incredibly pleased by the enthusiasm, smiles, and wonderful lunch with these students.

For the last three months, I also had the privilege to be a substitute in the middle school library. While at BMS, I was fortunate to hear the new high school principal speak to some eighth-graders. His “We over Me” attitude encourages everyone to succeed.

In closing, I believe bringing our sons to Bellefontaine and working in the district was an excellent choice. The staff is amazing and so resolute. My sons have been successful and your children will also shine. The staff and administrators all are good listeners and problem solvers. They want your child to be successful in life no matter what path they choose beyond graduation. Bellefontaine City Schools lays the foundation with strong programs in academics, athletics, arts, and music.

If you would like to learn more about enrolling your children at BCS, contact the board office at 937-593-9060.

Kindergarten screening will be held at Bellefontaine Elementary School on May 22nd-25th.

Photo: Maureen Yoder
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